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Texas Version – Editing, Revising, and More Supplemental Lessons and TEKS Objectives


Click here to download the STAAR Skills list: STAAR Skills List Click on the following links to download the TEKS Objectives charts.  These charts outline the TEKS Objectives for lessons included in...
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September 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson is based on a horse theme using a newly published narrative book entitled A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier. It is paired with an expository...
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September 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection:


September Lesson of the Month Connection: A great article on using the first days of school to get a handle on “where your students are at” in order to start off on the right foot...
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September 2017 Lesson of the Month:


September Lesson of the Month: What! August already? Where did the summer go? Many of you do not begin your school year until September, but we all know that it takes weeks to get ready for the new...
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Cut and Paste Lessons – Grade 8


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June 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection:


June Lesson of the Month Connection: Read a Scholastic article titled: “5 Ways to Keep Your Student Writing All Summer Long“. Make journaling a fun summer activity!
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June 2017 Lesson of the Month:


June Lesson of the Month: This “just for fun” assignment encourages students to practice the skills they’ve acquired in the narrative and expository genres to create a writing piece worthy of...
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June 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson is a take-off on the Main Lesson – Where Am I? Suspense Overview: Students will write a suspenseful segment about one aspect of a favorite summer...
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Criminal On The Loose Slide


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May 2017 Lesson of the Month:


May Lesson of the Month: Isn’t May like a breath of fresh air?  For some of you May marks the end of another school year, for others it’s the month that wraps up high stakes testing.  For all...
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April 2017 Lesson of the Month:


April Lesson of the Month: This month’s lesson is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg entitled The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. This 1984 picture book is filled with a collection of Van...
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April 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson is based on different forms of media; technology, magazines, commercials, advertisements, newspapers, etc. The lesson will showcase media and...
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April 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection:


April Lesson of the Month Connection: This month’s lesson of the month dealt with revision.  Here’s an interesting article on one teacher’s revision strategies that you might find...
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“Dog” Writing Sample


“Dog” Student Writing Sample  
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“Kitten” Writing Sample


“Kitten” Student Writing Sample  
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“Turning Questions/Prompts into Responses” Slide


“Turning Questions/Prompts into Responses” Slide.  
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March 2017 Lesson of the Month Connection:


March Lesson of the Month Connection: Our lessons this month can easily be connected to geography.  In a recent National Geographic-Roper Global Geographic Literacy Survey polled more than 3,000 18-...
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March 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson provides an opportunity for youngsters to describe a story-critical character – a leprechaun! Overview: Students will look at pictures of...
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March 2017 Lesson of the Month:


March Lesson of the Month: This month’s lesson links a St. Patrick’s Day research project with persuasion. The students will learn facts surrounding the Irish holiday. They will combine their...
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Argument Workshop – Additional Handout Pages


Session Title:  Argument Workshop Click the link below to download the handout:
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February 2017 Lesson of the Month:


February Lesson of the Month: Your students are writing an information piece about a topic of interest – perhaps a science or social studies theme, or an essay on a favorite season, holiday,...
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February 2017 K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson practices expository/informative writing using the theme of seasons/wind, focusing on why the wind is important in each of the seasons. Overview:...
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January Lesson of the Month Connection:


January Lesson of the Month Connection: Keep in mind that the best instruction happens when every subject is in some way integrated.  Using a “Make it Your Own” approach, teachers can always...
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January Lesson of the Month


January Lesson of the Month Happy New Year from the Empowering Writers Team. Our entire crew has rolled up its sleeves to continue to make 2017 your best writing year yet! If you haven’t checked...
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January K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson uses a literature connection as a jumping off point for creating elaborative sentences/paragraph about a snowman.  See pgs 138-141 in the K-1...
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December Lesson of the Month Connection:


December Lesson of the Month Connection: Many schools are being asked to supplement classroom instruction with station activities. The lesson this month can be used as a classroom activity and then...
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December K-1 Lesson of the Month


K-1 Lesson of the Month: This month, the K-1 lesson practices who (character), where (setting), and what (object). For more information about these story critical elements, see pgs 138-141 in the K-1...
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December Lesson of the Month


December Lesson of the Month Perhaps a fun activity for December would be to have students complete the phrase, “Tis the Season to be ___________________, and to provide reasons and evidence!...
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NJEA Presentation 2016


Title:  How Writing Informs Close Reading Featured Speaker:  Dea Paolette Auray Date: Thursday, November 10th Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Click the link below to download the handout:
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November Lesson of the Month Connection: “The Writing Revolution”


November Lesson of the Month Connection: Read the amazing article in the Atlantic entitled, “The Writing Revolution” to see the impact of writing all day everyday. The following web address will...
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November Lesson of the Month


How is it going fellow writing teachers? School is off and running! Are you finding it helpful to incorporate writing in your everyday plans? If you have not begun the daily writing lessons...
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November K-1 Lesson of the Month


How is it going fellow writing teachers? School is off and running! Are you finding it helpful to incorporate writing in your everyday plans? If you have not begun the daily writing lessons...
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What’s Happening In Education – October 2016


Teachable Moments – Writing Across the Curriculum Date: September 20, 2016 Magazine: Scholastic Article: How Will Pokemon Go Play Out? Author: Jennifer Maring Walters In this article How Will...
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October Lesson of the Month


Hello October!  Are you enjoying the fall as much as we at EW are? We love cooler weather, football, and the start of a great school year!  This year, we’re focusing on writing ALL day EVERY day....
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What’s Happening in Education – September 2016


See how Anna Ware Jackson Elementary School is using Empowering Writers as featured in this article from DA Magazine. Schools nationwide are under pressure from new state standards to increase...
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